This year we are proud to celebrate 80 years of Puffin. Initially launching in the UK during World War II to help explain the evacuations to children, Puffin published fiction soon after and eventually expanded to Australia in 1963 with the launch of Kangaroo Tales, The Bunyip of Berkeley's Creek and John Brown, Rose and the Midnight Cat. From its beginning, Puffin Australia has been committed to sharing Australian stories, building the Australian identity and providing quality literature for children, an ethos that exists to this day.
The title to our little booklet, Puffinalia, is a nod to the magazine, launched in 1977, which was sent to Australian Puffin Club members. Here you'll find a range of our exciting new releases for the first half of 2020 as well as information to help you choose the best fiction and non-fiction for each learning stage, why reading aloud is good for the brain and a very special word from Melina Marchetta on writing beginner-reader stories for her daughter.